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Author / Mark Newcomb

Population Growth, Ambulance Calls and the Birthday Problem

Recently I heard that there had been three simultaneous emergency service calls on one night, straining the capacity of our EMS that is staffed in part with volunteers. This got me thinking: given our population now, what are the odds of three simultaneous emergency service calls? And, perhaps more importantly, how fast would this probability […]

Protecting Wildlife in Practice

Moose, deer, elk, sometimes one of our shy local carnivores, sometimes a hard-to-photograph bird—it’s hard to visit Facebook without seeing wildlife through the lens of a wildlife fan or photographer, amateur and professional alike. Clearly we find huge value in having wildlife around and being able to view it. Can we measure this value? Or, […]

This Ain’t Housing

Housing? This ain’t it. Did you know that in a recent survey 2% of Teton County residents indicated they were camping? The Western Greater Yellowstone Regional Housing Needs Assessment just came out. It contains valuable data on the state of our housing situation. It has some suggestions. And it takes the long view. First, the […]

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